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License FAQ:
Menhaden License for Non-Residents Not Eligible For A Standard Commercial Fishing License Questions


Q. – Does a menhaden vessel with a Menhaden License for Non-Residents Not Eligible for a Standard Commercial Fishing License fishing within 3 miles of shore need a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration?
A. –
Yes.

License FAQ:
Fish Dealer License Questions


Q. – Who has to pay the $50 new dealer fee?
A. –
Anyone who was not a dealer during the July 1, 1998 – June 30, 1999 license year.

Q. – Does an operating menhaden or other fish dehydrating or oil-extracting processing plant also need to have another category of dealer license for which the plant is operating?
A. –
No. A separate category license is needed only if the plant is buying directly from a fisherman - then they must also complete and submit trip tickets.

Q. – What Fish Dealer License categories do I need to deal in bait?
A. –
To deal in bait, you can get either the Shrimp or Finfish Fish Dealer License Category. The Shrimp Category is needed to deal in minnows and shrimp. The Finfish Category is needed to deal in minnows and live shrimp.

Q. – If I change the name of the business with the same responsible person on a Fish Dealer License, will I be charged a fee?
A. –
Yes, you will be charged a replacement flat fee of $10.00 to change the name of each Fish Dealer License.

License FAQ:
Recreational Fishing Tournament License to Sell Fish Questions


Q. – Do all fishing tournaments need the Recreational Fishing Tournament License to Sell Fish License?
A. –
No, only tournaments that plan to sell fish must have this license. Organizers of tournaments must apply 30 days before the tournament to get this license.

Q. – Do tournaments need to report the proceeds from the sale of fish?
A. –
Yes, tournaments must report the proceeds from the sale of fish. The sale of fish must go through a licensed Fish Dealer. The proceeds from the sale of fish may be used only for charitable, religious, educational, civic, or conservation purposes and is not to be used to pay tournament expenses.

Q. – Can vessels fishing in tournaments with a Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration and an individual with a Standard or Retired Commercial Fishing License sell their catch instead of giving it to the tournament?
A. –
No, vessels and fishermen participating in tournaments with a Recreational Fishing Tournament to Sell Fish License are not to engage in commercial fishing activities.

Q. – Does a tournament need a Recreational Fishing Tournament License to Sell Fish if the tournament is selling fish plates from fish caught in the tournament?
A. –
Yes, the sale of fish plates, including free fish plates to participants, from fish caught during the tournament requires the tournament organizer to purchase a license. Additionally, the tournament must sell the fish through a Fish Dealer (the tournament organizer may wish to purchase a Fish Dealer License to meet this requirement).

 

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